Inquiry Learning – Kath Murdoch PD 28th March

Visible Thinking Strategies

Dan Meyer resources:

Strategies to engage/ provide evidence – formative assessment:

  • Give One, Get One
  • Goal for the day at roll call
  • Today’s challenge is…
  • Self manager goals –
  • Goal is: (photos placed by individual students next to the goal that pertains to them
  • Think Ink Link
  • Think Make Link
  • Agree Disagree – lists, continuum, justify position
  • Then I thought Now I think – Reflection Bridge
  • Comprehension strategy – code text – Connect (C), Extend (E), Challenge (Ch)
  • Flat chat – democratic, shared time, thinking captured (baseline data – growth in thinking measurable)
  • Full circle – Responding to questions, discuss as a group, add an answer, go to next question. Rotate until all questions answered.
  • Sentence starters for Reflective Thinking (helps to scaffold the language)
  • Gradual Release of Responsibility – I do, We do, You do
  • Flip of this – You try, we discuss, I do (refinement)
  • Reflective Teaching strategy
  • Bin it, Add it, Keep it, Tweak it
  • Learning intentions posed as a question to invite students into learning from an inquiry perspective

Explicit Teaching of Reading Comprehension Examples from across the school

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Lisa uses these book marks, rather than sticky notes, during Guided Reading sessions. Students look for interesting facts, vocabulary, and connections to then discuss with the group/ teacher.

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Here is an example of how Tania explicitly teaches reading comprehension strategies through her Guided Reading groups. A clear purpose and explanation is given to students about why they need to learn and practice these strategies to become good readers.

Here are some student products as a result: (click on the image for detail)



Effective Feedback

The litmus test for effective feedback is when a student is able to answer:

  1. Where am I going?
  2. Where am I in the learning?
  3. What do I need to learn next?

7 Principles of good feedback:

  1. It clarifies what good performance is (goals, criteria, expected standards).
  2. It facilitates development of self-assessment in learning.
  3. It provides high quality information to students about their learning.
  4. It encourages teacher and peer dialogue around learning.
  5. It encourages positive motivational beliefs and self-esteem.
  6. It provides opportunity to close the gap between current and desired performance.
  7. It provides information to the teacher  that can be used to help shape teaching.

Leading Impact Teams, Bloomberg, Pitchford, 2017.

Words Their Way – useful resources